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Longterm Care: Is it the Right Choice for Your Loved One?

by RestonNow.com Sponsor — February 10, 2016 at 5:00 am 0

This is a promoted post sponsored by Erickson Living. It does not reflect the opinion of Reston Now.

Making the decision to move your loved one to a long-term care setting can be difficult and confusing. Here is some important information to consider:

WHO would benefit from long-term nursing care?

Longterm care is appropriate for seniors who need complete assistance with daily living tasks like bathing, eating, dressing, and toileting. It is most appropriate for older adults with major health conditions or those who have permanent physical limitations brought on by a stroke or other serious illness. Seniors diagnosed with dementia or Parkinson’s disease may be good candidates for long-term care.

WHEN is the right time to seek additional support?

Caring for a loved one with around-the-clock needs can be challenging. Consider making the transition to a longterm care facility if your loved one’s health condition requires a level of support that exceeds what can be provided in your home by a family caregiver.

A continuing care retirement community like Ashby Ponds in Ashburn, Va., may be an excellent choice. Ashby Ponds employs full-time physicians and health providers who specialize in senior care. As an integrated team, they create a personalized plan to match your loved one’s unique needs and preferences.

HOW will I pay for long-term care?

Longterm care insurance plans can offset the cost, but these policies need to be in place before a major health event occurs. And while Medicare generally doesn’t cover long-term care stays in a nursing home, it often does cover hospital care, doctor services, and medical supplies. If your family chooses to pay for care with their own funds, be sure to ask each facility you’re considering about their payment options.

HOW do I prepare my loved one for a move to longterm care?

Once you have selected a care center, be prepared to share photos, brochures, and other educational materials with your loved one so they have a sense of where they’ll be living. Most importantly, listen to and acknowledge their concerns. Demonstrate that you understand their feelings, and assure your loved one that the move is the best way to ensure they receive the care and attention they need.

WHERE should I turn to find the best long-term care solution for my loved one?

Seek advice from sources you can trust. Your family physician or a hospital social worker can point you to long-term care facilities in your area. Friends or family who have placed a loved one in long-term care may be able to make a recommendation. You can also search the The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Nursing Home Compare website for nursing homes with five-star ratings and inspection records.

Be sure to add Ashby Ponds to your list of care centers to consider. A 5-star CMS rated facility, Ashby Ponds offers residents and their families quality care and unparalleled peace of mind.

Call 571-748-6033 today to schedule a personal tour of Ashby Ponds long-term care, or visit www.ericksonliving.com to request a free brochure.

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